eCreators’ Talking Moodle, Episode 1: The Team Picks The Top 10 ‘Must-Have’ Plugins

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In the hopes of inviting everyone to the art of conversation, Dani and Prathiba kicked off the first season of “Talking Moodle” series. We talk about Moodle all day, at our workplace or online. So the eCreators team thought, why not making it an Open conversation? After all, Openness is one of the things that have brought us together and will continue to.

When the team evaluates a plugin, they take the time to check it out in depth. Apart from the functionality, usefulness and overall benefits for the user, they make sure plugins are easy to set up and integrate, robust documentation is available, and in the case of paid plugins, the level of support available.

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Episode 1 Recap: Grade Me, H5P, BigBlueButton and more

Prathiba and Dani got down to business quickly. Here are eCreators’ reviews for their Top 10 plugins, in no particular order:

Grade Me

Moodle 3.6 block_grade_me

What they love the most about Grade Me is the handy block that shows you an overview of the upcoming due dates. It’s just very easy to see what’s coming up, and reach the Gradebook directly. The one thing keeping it from a perfect score (tallied in “Eddies,” eCreators mascot) is its limited documentation. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄β­•

H5P

Moodle 2.7 to 3.7 mod_hvp

Its presence on its ranking should surprise no one. One of the reasons this Open Source interactivity content plugin became so popular is the quick way it allows anyone to start creating. Dozens of content types already offer plenty of examples that show what H5P is capable of. The two quibbles with H5P are the limited coverage of accessibility standards across interactivity types, and recurring issues when it comes to sending assessment results to the Gradebook. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄β­•

eCreators’ eCommerce

It is just hard to argue with a flawless implementation that gives you everything you need to monetize your course from day one. Admittedly, the team might be bias. The thing is, their exclusive eCommerce plugin is the result of hundreds of hours of customer listening, making it able to accomplish pretty much every learning eCommerce use case. eCreators eCommerce plugin is SEO and Social Media savvy, and you would not know it’s a plugin and not just part of your eCreators Learnbook LMS experience. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄

Tiles Format

Moodle 3.3 to 3.7 format_tiles

You might not realize from the documentation or the still images, but an eye-catching feature of Tiles, especially compared to other Course Formats, are the subtle animations it uses. In addition, each tiles is a little canvas for your quantification hunger. Add icons, progress pies (for courses and modules) and custom layout and imagery. Tiles Format also has great documentation, complete, simple and updated. You can even reach the plugin developer directly. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄

BigBlueButton

Moodle 3.2 to 3.7 mod_bigbluebuttonbn

Webinars from within your Moodle courses. BBB’s value proposition does not get simpler. But it does get better. State-of-the art tech provides some of the best experiences, Open and otherwise, including simple screen sharing, file transfer, whiteboard and messaging. Everything is possible with BBB, although the team would wish free integration, session recording and sharing were easier. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄β­•

Completion Progress

Moodle 2.8 to 3.7 block_completion_progress

Its progress bar looks can be deceiving. Completion progress is a powerful support tool to help students keep track of things. Simple colors used strategically in a compact shape than can be placed in any (or every) page of a course, all to make a simple cue. The colors, unfortunately, are set site-wide. Another minor gripe is that it might be too good in is compact functionality. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄β­•

Masonry Topics format

Moodle 3.4 to 3.6 format_masonry

One of Prathiba’s recent discoveries became her instant favorite. It takes the analogy of a “wall” for your course a step further, by adding customizable “bricks.” Each one can allude to a topic or activity, or they can also list resources, folders, assignments. You name it. Rearrange and color-code at your leisure, and it will dynamically and responsively fit everything in the page, which could be an advantage or a disadvantage at time. Another possible flaw is your own color taste, as it is up to you to define the palette for the bricks. (Nothing a palette picker can’t fix πŸ˜‰ .) The team recommends it for kid-oriented LMS. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄β­•

Pixabay

Moodle 3.1 to 3.6 repository_pixabay

Now on to Dani’s favorites, and who could blame her. Install Pixabay repository and access royalty free images to add straight into your Moodle whenever the file picker is available. Not only you don’t need to use another window or app, you can click-to-choose. And you will always be able to rest assured that you are using open licensed content. (Technically OER I guess?) Free Pixabay account needed. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄

Group self-selection

Moodle 3.5 and 3.6 mod_groupselect

Think of it as a very basic social network-esque plugin where students can create and join interest groups. Its uses are manifold: Focus workload and discussions, restrict access to activities and assignments, and more. Bulk editing is possible through CSV files. The team found no disadvantages to the plugin, which can fully replace Moodle’s built-in Groups and Groupings functionality. πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄

GO1

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Join us for Episode 2: Accessibility. Share all your questions below!

Watch the full Episode 1, and stick until the end to check out live user answers.

Every session will let participants ask questions on the live chat. Join the team next week for Episode 2, where we will talk all things Accessibility:

Is your Moodle accessible? Find out why accessibility matters for your learners and organisation. Learn these universal design principles to enhance your eLearning!

You can get a taste of what to expect from the talk that Dani gave along with Kristian Lofhelm last July in Melbourne’s MoodleMoot Australia.

Join the live session! The team will answer your questions live. Cannot attend? Just place your questions in the comment sections below and the eCreators team will answer in the next episode.


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